WIM Connection
In This Issue
Upcoming Events
7/21 - 25/2014
Bible Study - WIM Connection Event
10:00 am-12:00 pm
Potomac Room (just off the Reed Dining Hall)
Child care, children's and teen ministry provided. Meals and lodging available.

August 5-10
Assemblies of God Centennial

July 26
Missions Day

October 6-8
Ministers Retreat

 Coming in 2015! 

Women in Ministry Retreat - April 16-18,
with guest speaker Judi Braddy

Judy Braddy

Johnese BurtramSummer 2014 arrived Saturday, June 21 at 6:51 AM. I welcomed the solstice from my secret place with open Bible in my lap. At my house summer arrived with much cooler temps, dreary skies, and drizzle, the steamy days of late spring yesterday's memory.


I remember dreading the end of the school year and those lazy days of summer which were seldom laid back around my house. How would I keep those kids busy and out of trouble. My kitchen and living areas would morph into more of a disaster zone. The imagined relaxed schedule more accurately became unstructured time with all kinds of additional activities.


Yikes! What's a mother to do? Are you feeling my pain?


However, summer truly is a time for fun, long hours of daylight, the season for growing things. I hope you will take some time to relax, restore, and re-calibrate your life. Let your soul and your relationships grow. Take advantage of the special WIM Bible Study at Family Camp, Potomac Park Retreat and Conference, July 21-25. This edition of WIM Connection, focused on PEACE, may help you in that endeavor. We have chosen the first three fruits of the Spirit as themes for our last three newsletters. Dec 2013 - JOY, Winter 2014 - LOVE, Spring/Summer 2014 - PEACE.


Let God's PEACE work its way into your life this summer.

God's Peace Makes the Call
Johnese Burtram
I used to think if I just understood the why, then I could fix all my issues. Why did I feel so inadequate? What made me feel unworthy of anything good? What made me question God's love? Why couldn't I just Hakauna Matata? No worries. If anyone should be able to relax and enjoy life it ought to be me - loved child of God. Considering the many questions about the source of my emotions, robbed me of peace as surely as the negative emotions themselves.

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Guest Contributor - Peggy Musgrove
Peggy Musgrove

Peggy Musgrove is no stranger to Assemblies of God Women in Ministry. She has been a speaker and free-lance writer since 1998, having served as a Pastor's wife, District Bible teacher and Women's Ministry Director for the Assemblies of God Kansas Ministries Network. She has served as the National Director of Women's Ministries and ministered in 42 states as well as abroad. She has served on numerous Boards and Committees including, Auxiliary Chaplain for Evangel University and Central Bible College, Evangel University of Directors, National Commission of Higher Education, Women in Ministry Task Force, Teen Challenge of the Ozarks Board of Directors.


Peggy's writing has appeared in Reflections (National Women's Department newsletter and Pentecostal Evangel column), her articles in Pentecostal Evangel and Enrichment Journal. She served as the editor of Women's Touch magazine for four years. She is the author of six books: Women's Unlimited Bible study series, 2006, Musings of a Maraschino Cherry, 2004, Women's Ministries Leader, Gospel Publishing House, 1993, Praying Always, Gospel Publishing House, 1992, Pleasing God, Gospel Publishing House, 1990, Who's Who Among Bible Women, Gospel Publishing House, 1978.


Widowed in 2012 after 61 years of marriage, Peggy continues to write for an ever expanding audience. Right now I am writing an article for Enrichment Journal, I just sent an article to Prime Line, the senior adults mailer and another to Uniquely His, the mailer to widows. It seems the writing ministry is opening up to me again for which I am thankful.

The Peace Jesus Gives
Peggy Musgrove

Peace? The word was farthest from my mind that sleepless night when I was a young pastor's wife.  Marriage followed graduation from Bible school and now we were fulfilling my husband's dream of pastoring. He grew up in the ministry and was following his father's footsteps. Me? I was from a home with minimum involvement in church life. 

My family's connection with church could be described as "fringe."  We attended some functions but not regularly. We were not in the "inside" crowd.  Even so, in our home pastors were highly regarded, so I was totally unprepared for my first encounter with undeserved criticism. I did not have coping tools to handle the situation.
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Article from our guest contributor in Her Green Room

Connecting with the Sistahs
A Gift Unwrapped
Brenda Burns

I have a collection of legal pads on my desk, with a mixture of important messages and ideas, along with expired to-do lists and no-longer-needed hand-written notes.  Following our Network Conference, it felt like a good desk cleaning was in order.  On the top page of one of those pads I found this:

peace - a word for 2014

Brenda Burns

Brenda is the blessed wife of Craig, and they pastor in Vienna, Virginia.  They have three married children and three beautiful granddaughters and one stunning grandson.  Brenda is a licensed minister, and serves the Potomac Ministry Network as Communications Facilitator.  Her interests include worship, teaching, graphic arts and photography, laughing with friends, gardening, traveling with Craig and reading.

Through it All
Heidi Houston

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.  I do not give to you as the world gives.  Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. [John 14:27, NIV]


The last few months brought me plenty of reasons to lose my peace. In November, I had to schedule the second major surgery of my life.  This time around, I had a lot more to worry about, because I have children.  The possibility of my death (possible with any major medical procedure) during or after this surgery staggered me.  Who would watch my children grow up?  Who would take care of their daily needs?  How would my absence affect their lives?  If this happened, would it mean they wouldn't trust God as adults?  The list went on and on.  I let my heart be troubled by the "what-ifs," acting as if they were the "what-is". continue reading

Heidi Houston


Heidi Houston, married to minister husband, Jason is active in Trinity Assembly of God Church in Lutherville, MD.  "I am part of my choir's awesome ministry.  I am the mother of three little girls who enjoys writing short children's stories, songs and poetry.  I love the Lord with all of my heart.  


Heidi, pictured with two of her three girls and her mother-in-law.

In the State of Peace
Denise Ouellette

Peace: a state of tranquility or security, freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions, harmony in personal relations and much more. Webster

All of us, at some point in our life, have found ourselves inside the definition of 'not peaceful.' If you've never had peace, it is hard to describe peace.  But when you find it, you cling to it for your life.  Continue reading

Denise Oullette

Denise is a licensed minister of the Assembly of God. Married for over 26 years, she and her husband have 5 daughters and 8 grandchildren. She is Missions director at Lighthouse Worship Center in Gloucester, Virginia. She is on the Board of Directors of two non-profit mission organizations: 'Africa Harvest Mission' whose main emphasis is to evangelize Africa, and 'Friends of TOUCH' which provides funds to care for African children. With a degree in Accounting, she runs a bookkeeping business. On the side she writes plays and skits most of which are produced at her church.

Linda Santmyire

In October 2010 my husband and I were down to the final two days of our visit to Madagascar where our son, Aaron, his wife Heather, and his two children serve as missionaries. This was our second visit to this far away island of people we have come to love. We had enjoyed a wonderful visit, savoring each moment and making cherished memories.


As we were packing our suitcases and saying our goodbyes, Aaron called us into a bedroom and quietly told us a military coup had broken out.  With blockades of burning tires, soldiers with machine guns in the streets, most people were barricaded in their homes.  continue reading
Linda Santmyire

Linda, has served in her home church Central Assembly of God, Cumberland as Girls Ministries Coordinator, Women's Ministries Coordinator. She has edited The Virtuous Woman 15 years and now teaches the Adult Senior Saints.  Linda is a retired RN.  During her career she developed and coordinated The Parish Nurse Program for Western Maryland Health System with volunteer nurses in over 60 local churches.  Linda wrote and developed a Grief Ministry that is used by many of these churches and she facilitates it in her home church.  Three years ago Linda followed God's direction and now holds a Certificate of Ministry with the Assemblies Of God.  She is available to speak to women's groups or fill pulpits for pastors who need a Sunday free.On the side she writes plays and skits most of which are produced at her church.


Linda has been married to her husband Crable for 44 years.  They are blessed with three children, their spouses and five grandchildren.  Of all the things she has done in her life being a Mom is her favorite.  She is an avid gardener, loves to write and quilt.

Holy Shalom
Cynthia Shepherd

I have a wonderful peace story to share....  It took place in Arad, Israel while I was a volunteer for Global Teen Challenge at the Ark of the Negev, Teen Challenge Women's and Children's Home in January of 2012. 


Being my first " missionary experience outside the U.S.", I was very nervous and apprehensive about traveling overseas in light of the Israeli-Muslim conflict.  continue reading

Cynthia Shepherd



Cynthia, credentialed with the 

Potomac Ministry Network, 

is now in Phoenix, AZ, working for 

the mission of the Kingdom of God.

Connecting with Yourself
Dwelling in Him
Starla Jimenez


Have you heard the song, "Better is One Day"? I love that song. It's a worship song taken from Psalm 84:10, NLT: 

"A single day in your courts

is better than a thousand anywhere else!

I would rather be a gatekeeper in the house of my God

than live the good life in the homes of the wicked."

If I don't seek and dwell in Him every day, I know the difference....

What Feeds Your Soul?
4 ways to redefine work as creativity instead of achievement
Bonnie Gray

I didn't understand why I was having panic attacks.


Writing a book wasn't easy, but I was writing a Bible study guide to explore the topic of rest. If there was anything I knew how to do, it was unpacking Scripture.


Yet here I was lying on my bed, unable to sleep, my brain muddled with worries. I found it difficult to breathe, a tightness clamped around my chest. If I dozed, my pounding heart would jolt me awake with rapid-fire palpitations. ...


The Way
E. Stanley Jones
Review: Deborah Galyen

Way "All things have the stamp of Christ upon them.  His will is woven into their very structure.  There is both a Christ touch a Christ purpose in creation."


E. Stanley Jones (1884-1973) was controversial: he was a missionary to India, a friend of Gandhi and President Roosevelt, and a courageous witness to Jesus Christ during a time when many educated Christians (even missionaries!) were saying that all religions were basically the same.


In short pages and simple words, the author begins with the centrality of Jesus Christ and goes on to show how cooperating with Jesus - the Way - brings our lives into harmony with God's purposes.  Jones gently points out common human struggles and urges us to reach higher:  "The Christian has chosen to be Christ-directed instead of circumstance-directed.  If you allow other people's conduct and attitudes to shape yours, you will be changing with every person you meet ... you will be below the Christian level, following the law of karma instead of the law of Christ."


The Way is one of those special books that can be enjoyed by anyone - a spiritually hungry neighbor, a regular church-goer, or a full-time minister or missionary.  In Granada, Spain, our entire missionary team is reading it together as a devotional, and we are finding it challenging, encouraging, and fruitful.  I've recently given it as a gift to a new Christian.

The Jesus-Hearted Woman
Jodi Detrick
Influence Resources, 2013, pp. 309, softcover
Review: Paula Jefferies

With heartfelt compassion learned from her own experiences and a little twist of spice through humor, the author gives nuggets of wisdom and a lot of leadership principles that are absolutely within our grasp.


Whether you are a seasoned leader or just starting out, this book is for you.  It was one of my most enjoyable reads.  As I read the pages and highlighted paragraph after paragraph, I found myself laughing at times, shedding a few tears and feeling very convicted along the way.


This book is the real deal.  It's something every woman should read.  As I read each new chapter I became more excited.  I felt as if these pages had been penned just for me.  But, I know every woman who reads this will feel the same way.


The book is peppered with comments that could absolutely stand alone in giving us a glimpse into how the Lord works in our lives as women who are meant to lead.   Here are just a few to show you what I mean: God grows us into His calling; You are not defined by your mistakes; Safe but not successful; Committing kindness; Finding your focus.  Each of these is a complete lesson in living as a leader.


The ten chapters in the book are a gold mine of the purest form. As you extract the precious nuggets from them, you will feel your heart of love for others expand.  The first three tell us how we need confidence, authenticity and humility to help us grow into what God has for us.  The next three speak clearly to us on stamina, resilience and courage, without which we could never fulfill our purpose as leaders.  Self-Awareness, kindness and soul-care put on the polishing touches and the chapter on vision gives us deep insight into following our heart for what God has for us.  My favorite quote on vision is this one: "There's one thing about a vision- Once it captures your heart and stirs your passion, it becomes a rudder that steers the course of your life."


At the end of each chapter there are Coaching Questions that can be used for small group discussions, or just for your own deeper quest into the lesson. Jodi Detrick has been where we hope to go, and has left a well marked trail for us to follow.  Without a doubt this book, THE JESUS HEARTED WOMAN, is one I will read over and over. 


Jodi Detrick is an author and columnist for The Seattle Times.  She has a DMin degree in Leadership from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary and is an adjunct professor at Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington.  She also serves as Chairperson for the national Network for Women in Ministry.  She and her husband Don, live in the Pacific Northwest.

The Noticer
Andy Andrews
Review: Joan Rhoden

His name is Jones - not Mr. Jones - just Jones.  He claims to notice things most people overlook - things that create perspective.   "Most people", Jones exclaims, "lack perspective."


Andy Andrews is a master story-teller.  If you listen to one of his audio books, even his voice engages you right away, and you know the character immediately 


Jones shows up under a bridge where a young homeless man lives.  He affectionately calls him "Young Man," and points out some obscure details about his crude little hovel.  In a quaint but credible sort of way he continues by offering instructions to "Young Man" that begin as helpful, evolve into hopeful and end up life-changing.


The two men have a feast together-at least that is what Jones calls it.   Sitting under an oak tree on a high sand dune Jones opens cans; one is sardines and the other Vienna sausages.  Young Man, disappointment written all over his face, slumps in the hot sand eating a canned meal.  Jones, right beside him, dines on "surf and turf with an ocean view".  It's all in one's perspective.


Andy Andrews has become my newest favorite author.  I recommend any of his books.  The Traveler's Gift, The Lost Choice, and The Heart Mender are three more I have enjoyed.



When we surrender ourselves to the Lord, learning day by day to treat all that comes to us with the peace of soul and firm conviction that His will governs all, He will see to our growth in grace.  Elisabeth Elliott  http://www.elisabethelliot.org/


He (God) must give us Peace with God, with ourselves, with men, with circumstances, before we can go forth effectually to bring Peace to others. If He has given us these good things, He has bound us to spread them. Let us do so. And if our Peace ever is spoken in vain as regards others, it will come back to us again; and we shall be kept in perfect Peace, even in the midst of strife, until we enter at last into the city of Peace and serve the King of Peace forever.

Alexander MacLaren


Have no fear for the unsettlement or the disturbance of the Kingdom of heaven. It began in eternity, it will go on through everlasting; there is no panic in the divine personality. God is peace, God gives peace, God gives rest.  Joseph Parker


Do not be disquieted about your faults. Love without ceasing, and much will be forgiven you, because you have loved much. Faults perceived in peace, in the spirit of love, are immediately consumed by love itself; but faults perceived in a pettish fit of self-love disturb peace, interrupt the presence of God, and the exercise of perfect love. Vexation at a fault is generally more of a fault than the fault itself.  Francois Fenelon



Oh, how great peace and quietness would he possess who should cut off all vain anxiety and place all his confidence in God.  Thomas a Kempis



From DCQ: March 04, 2014, December 15, 2013, August 06, 2013, April 26, 2013, June 02, 2012


Connecting with Your Family
4 Ways to Pray for Your Kids
Debbie Holloway, Assistant Editor, Crosswalk.com

Sometimes parenting gets overwhelming and complicated, thinking of all the things you need to teach your children - and how much could potentially go wrong. But just as important as teaching, writes Tricia Goyer, is praying for your children. And she has found a catchy way to remember to cloak her kids in prayer - from their heads to their toes. 



9 Most Dangerous Apps for Kids
Felicia Alvarez, Crosswalk.com Contributing Writer


In 2013, a twelve-year-old girl was lured away from her home by a 21 year-old-man. Once they met, he took her to a motel and took advantage of her. How did this little girl meet this terrible stranger?


Through an app called Whisper on her handheld device (yep, the one her parents bought her). And Whisper is only one of many dangerous apps, apps that every parent should be aware of.


Good-Life Activities for Your Family
Make time for the good life together.
Gina Shaw
WebMD Feature
Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD

You may have heard it on the news or morning talk shows: Have dinner together as a family often. There's even a national initiative, Family Day, that reminds parents "what your kids really want at the dinner table is you."


Studies have found that kids who have frequent family dinners are less likely to use alcohol, tobacco, or drugs.


Studies have found that kids who have frequent family dinners are less likely to use alcohol, tobacco, or drugs.

But it's not just about the food, say experts: it's about the connection. Whether you're eating dinner, going for a nature walk, or holding a family karaoke night, spending time together builds healthy families and healthy kids.


For Better or Worse
Domeniek L. Harris
What happens when your expectations are shattered by reality?


Do you remember your wedding day? Can you remember knowing you were marrying your Prince Charming? Your entire being was secure in knowing your life would be perfect-you had found your soul mate. You were a match made in heaven; together you were a recipe for a blessed life.  

What happens when your expectations are shattered by reality? What happens when the marriage made in heaven comes face to face with hell's fire?


Humor in Marriage
Les Parrott, Leslie Parrott

"The most wasted of all days is one without laughter." - E.E. Cummings


"Do you two need a tissue?" a voice gently whispered from behind us. We were sitting in a quiet theater watching a somber play when - at the saddest moment - something struck us as funny. Hysterically funny.


At just that moment, Les found a withered old banana in his coat pocket. Who knows how long it had lived there. He set this surprising discovery on my knee. Caught off guard by the incongruity of the banana and the play, I developed one of the worst cases of the giggles I've ever had. Les quickly caught the same disease. We tried desperately to stifle our laughter, but, as we bowed our heads to hide our faces, we couldn't keep our shoulders from shuddering. An older woman behind us, thinking we were moved by what was happening on stage, offered us a tissue for our tears, which made us want to laugh all the more. When Les accepted her kind offer, I really lost it and had to leave the theater. 



Connecting with Your Funny Bone
Philosophically Speaking...
Theological underpinnings of humor followed by a funny story. Go ahead, laugh!
No reason to smile
Selwyn Hughes (Every Day Light)

Proverbs 17:17-28
"A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones." (v.22)


A surprising thing takes place in those whose temper is tempered by the Holy Spirit -- bad temper is replaced by a growing sense of humor.  http://www.crosswalk.com/devotionals/everydaylight/545796/

Heaven: Home of Laughter
Randy Alcorn
Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh. - Luke 6:21


And as I knelt beside the brook
To drink eternal life, I took
A glance across the golden grass,
And saw my dog, old Blackie, fast
As she could come. She leaped the stream -
Almost-and what a happy gleam
Was in her eye. I knelt to drink,
And knew that I was on the brink
Of endless joy. And everywhere
I turned I saw a wonder there.1 - John Piper

Who said, "If you're not allowed to laugh in heaven, I don't want to go there"? (Hint: It wasn't Mark Twain.) It was Martin Luther. 



I Sent My Husband Shopping Today
Laura Bilton Qualls

I had been sick with a virus for a week and Jerry, my ever kind and comforting husband, offered to do my weekly grocery shopping.  I made a careful list for two stores and diligently went over each item with him before he left.


I grabbed another cup of coffee and eased back in one of our five Lazy Boys, ready to get on with my recovery.  It wasn't long before the phone rang and a voice rasped quietly, "Uh, those things you need, they're not here." keep reading
Laura Qualls


Laura shares in ministry with her husband, Jerry, retired Lead Pastor of Glad Tidings, Norfolk, VA.  Jerry and Laura co-host a weekly radio program, Heart to Heart, as well as present marriage seminars. Laura is experienced in church leadership, inspirational speaking, and teaching the Word of God.  She has been a public school teacher, holding a B.S degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and an M.A. degree from Regent University. 



Jerry and Laura have been married for 50 years.  They have three grown children (one of them in heaven) and five grandchildren.

Overheard at the daycare center:

1st little girl: Do you believe in the tooth fairy? 
2nd little girl: No, I used to, but now I don't.  I think it's just a regular fairy who gets dressed up.

A four-year-old Catholic boy was playing with a 4-year-old Protestant girl in a plastic wading pool in the back yard.  They splashed a lot of water on each other; their clothes were soaking wet, so they decide to take off their clothes.  The little boy looked at the little girl and said, "Golly, I didn't know there was that much difference between Catholics and Protestants."


Out of the Mouths of Babes  http://www.inspiredliving.com/kids/kid_viewpoints.htm 


911 Call:
There was a blonde - or maybe just a ditzy dame - that lived in a small house on the corner of 4th Avenue. 
She had a small shed in her backyard where she kept gardening tools. One day, she thought she saw smoke coming out of the roof of the shed.  
In a panic she called 911. They answered and said "This is Joe, is there an emergency?"  
The woman replied "Yes my shed is on fire!!!" Joe said, "Don't panic help in on the way...where do you live?"  
The woman said, "IN A HOUSE, NOW HURRY!!"  
Joe calmly responded back, "How are we supposed to get there?" 




Looking Forward

Johnese Burtram 

My peace I give to you, Jesus said, going further to make sure His listeners understood His peace was not like the world gives. Let not your heart be troubled, neither be afraid. Our Spring/Summer WIM Connection has directed our attention to PEACE. I trust you have been encouraged to cultivate the kind of peace that comes from God.


Following our themes of Joy, Love, and Peace, the theme for the Fall 2014 edition is Walking by Faith. Share your faith challenges and the how His grace has helped you walk by faith. Articles 300 - 500 words, poems, photos, art are due August 29, 2014. We are also interested in book reviews and humor.


God bless your coming weeks of summer with restoration and Peace.


You are loved,

Shine the light; defeat the dark


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